Seal-Rite Door, which designs and fabricates high-performance, residential doors, is relocating its operations from Illinois to Beloit, Wisconsin. The company will open a state-of-the-art facility to accommodate its growing business.
The company, a subsidiary of Palmer-Donavin Manufacturing Co., will open a 105,000-square-foot facility by early next year. The company expects to bring about 80 jobs to Wisconsin as a result of the $16 million expansion.
The new facility will be located at the northeast corner of Willowbrook and State Line roads in the Wisconsin Stateline Industrial Park. Developed by Hendricks Commercial Properties and constructed by Corporate Contractors Inc., the 28-acre business park can accommodate multiple buildings and more than 400,000 square feet of industrial space with easy access and visibility to I-39/90.
“Our new location will benefit our business and the customers we serve, as well as provide us with the opportunity to expand our pre-finished door business using the latest technology to further enhance the quality of our products,” said Ron Calhoun, President & CEO of Palmer-Donavin, who joined local and state officials today in announcing the move. “This is a significant milestone for the future Seal-Rite, and we look forward to our success and continued growth in Beloit. We are excited about working together with the local community to find the skilled workforce necessary to make that a reality.”
After more than 15 years of manufacturing in Rockford, Illinois, Seal-Rite is relocating to a facility that will have state-of-the-art equipment that will help increase efficiency and improve overall production to position the company for future growth. Those capabilities are unavailable at the current location.
To support the company’s decision to relocate here, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has awarded Seal-Rite with up to $250,000 in state tax credits over the next three years. The actual amount of credits the company will receive is contingent upon the number of jobs created during that time.
“We welcome Seal-Rite Door to Wisconsin and thank the company for its decision to expand its operations in our state,” said Mark R. Hogan, Secretary & CEO of WEDC, who also took part in today’s announcement. “This is another example of companies from around the country, and around the world, who are choosing to locate in Wisconsin because of our strong business climate and dedicated workforce.”
“The City of Beloit is delighted that Seal-Rite Door has chosen Beloit to be its new home base for manufacturing in the Stateline area,” said City Manager Lori Curtis Luther. “Seal-Rite Door is a welcome addition to Beloit’s already strong industrial base, and we appreciate the company’s investment and commitment to creating jobs in our community.”
“Strategic real estate investments, coupled with public/private sector partnerships and supply chain considerations, are the foundational elements that are continuously fueling the Janesville-Beloit economy,” added James Otterstein, Rock County Economic Development Manager.